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New plans for the Lady Lever

31 October 2013 by Laura

The rotunda in the south end of the gallery

The rotunda in the south end of the gallery will be refurbished.

We’ve just received the exciting news that the Lady Lever Art Gallery has got through the first round of funding applications to the Heritage Lottery Fund. Read more…

School’s out! It’s art term!

18 October 2013 by Laura

Family crafts

Half-term art events

If you’re making plans for half term look no further than the free fun we have on offer at the Walker Art Gallery, Lady Lever Art Gallery and Sudley House. Read more…

Port Sunlight Village 125th anniversary, celebrate with us at this weekends festival

19 September 2013 by Stacey

cream-tea-for-blog

We’ve been getting preparations underway here at Lady Lever Art Gallery cafe for this weekend’s Port Sunlight Festival. It’s a very significant anniversary this year as the village is 125 years young and there’s a whole host of traditional entertainment going on from vintage cars to Edwardian street theatre. We’re getting quite excited already. Read more…

Visit from the Quilling Guild

10 September 2013 by Angela

Quilled cabinet at Lady Lever Art Gallery

The Quilling Guild recently celebrated their 30th anniversary with a very special visit to the Lady Lever Art Gallery. Here’s Guild member and editor of the Quilling Guild blog Philippa Hartley with an insight into their visit: Read more…

Summer scarves – perfect for in between seasons!

2 September 2013 by Lisa

Close up of an owl print scarf

Twit-twooo!

So we’ve hit September and we’re still lucky enough to have that little bit of sunshine left to keep us going as the summer comes to an end. But I always find this is an awkward time for choosing what to wear – do you get out your knitwear (fluffy knits are having a moment right now) or do you tough it out in your t-shirt?

Over on the Guardian’s style pages they are suggesting summer scarves are the answer and I think we’d agree. Lucy from our media office has been road testing one of the cute new scarves that have arrived at our online shop HQ and she reckons they are an ‘in between season’ winner. Read more…

Happy 180th Ned!

22 August 2013 by Laura

Painting of an angel

Birthday cake decorated with artist’s own work

It’s a special day next week. On Wednesday 28 August it will be 180th birthday of Pre-Raphaelite artist, Edward Burne-Jones, and we’re celebrating in style at the Lady Lever Art Gallery, with a giant birthday cake for our visitors! Read more…

Hidden gems

18 July 2013 by Angela

Filming at Lady Lever

We recently worked with local production company Mocha on a new promotional video for the Lady Lever Art Gallery. It was really interesting to get a fresh perspective on the gallery and the collections. Read more…

Pre-Raphaelite Festival

24 June 2013 by Louise

Picture of a painting showuing an angel leading Dante to his dying lover Isabelle

‘Dante’s Dream’, Rossetti, 1871

With ‘The Drawing of Edward Burne-Jones‘ now open at the Lady Lever Art Gallery Pre-Raphaelite art is some of the best loved around. Here at the museums, we’ve just published a new book, ‘Pre-Raphaelite Treasures at National Museums Liverpool‘. Written by Laura MacCulloch, the book gives a neat overview of the Pre-Raphaelite movement which began in 1848 and details some of the wonderful Pre-Raphaelite works in the National Museums Liverpool collection. Read more…

By royal appointment

21 May 2013 by Angela

Bust of Grand Prince Ferdinando De’ Medici

Here’s our Head of Sculpture Conservation Lottie Barnden with news of an object going on a very special journey:

“Sculpture Conservation has recently taken delivery of a bust from the Lady Lever Art Gallery. It depicts Ferdinando De’ Medici by Giovachino Fortini, you can find out more about it on our collection pages.

The Uffizi Gallery in Florence is marking the 300th anniversary of the death of the Grand Prince Ferdinando De’ Medici and has requested the loan of our magnificent bust to be included in this exhibition. The Grand Prince was a great patron of the arts in the late 17th and early 18th centuries and this bust will be displayed among some of the works of art he collected. Read more…

Pre-Raphaelite mini festival

30 April 2013 by Louise

A painting of people gathered around a dining table

A manifesto in paint – Millais’ Isabella

While the artworks that took their places on our gallery walls undeniably have their charms, it’s good to have some of our best Pre-Raphaelite paintings back from loan. Liverpool is blessed with a fine Pre-Raphaelite collection and tradition – we had our own Pre-Raph school – and it seems only fair to spread the wealth, as it were, and allow those who aren’t lucky enough to live here to borrow some of the highlights for a while.

Visitors to the Lady lever will no doubt have missed that perennial favourite, Holman Hunt’s The Scapegoat. The Walker, despite its positive embarassment of Pre-Raphaelite treasures, is definitely the richer for the return of Millais’ Isabella; a painted manifesto of the aims of the Brotherhood itself.

The return of these and other gems makes it a perfect time to visit our three galleries, and not least because we’re running something of a mini Pre-Raph festival to celebrate. Whether you’re relatively new to the genre, or know your Williamson from your Rossetti, there’s a gallery talk or tour for you, covering everything from an introduction to the Brotherhood to the crafting of a replica frame for The Scapegoat. Along with the forthcoming Edward Burne-Jones exhibition, and our extensive collection, there’s a lot to see. Read more…

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